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Fort Macleod Volleyball Club gears up for new season

The Fort Macleod Volleyball Club is vibrant as it enters its 35th season.
The league is predicting growth in the number of teams and participants when it kicks off Oct. 16.
“The league is going strong,” president Mike Bourassa said. “We’re one of the few small towns for sure that have a league.”
Other towns such as Claresholm and the Crowsnest Pass have drop-in adult volleyball nights in which people show up and play.
The Fort Macleod Volleyball Club’s secret to success lies in its approach to running the league.
“I think that we’re just known for being a fun, casual league where there’s not a lot of pressure to win,” Bourassa said.
That approach appeals to couples and families, with the league providing an opportunity for people to participate together.
The league is a comfortable place for anyone to play.
“We accept all skill levels,” Bourassa said. “You don’t have to be a former college player to play in our league.”
The league keeps fees at $50 a person, which guarantees at least 16 matches per season as well as admission to the year-end banquet.
Games are played Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. at W.A. Day school, with the season running from mid October until mid March.
Teams once again have the option of requesting to play doubleheaders. Implemented last year, the format allows teams to play two matches on one night to reduce the commitment for players.
There are preseason and post season tournaments as well.
Ten teams have already signed up for the 2019-’20 season, Last year 12 teams took part, and the league has had as many as 15.
“The way it’s looking we’ll have more teams than last year,” Bourassa predicted. “Some of the teams from last year haven’t signed up yet.”
Teams can have a maximum of 10 players on the roster.
There must be a minimum of three women on the court at a time.
Players can also register as individuals or couples and the league will find them a team.
For new people to Fort Macleod, the league provides a great recreation opportunity as well as the chance to make new friends.
“I’ve already had one couple that is new to town contact me looking for a team to play on,” Bourassa said. “They moved from Lethbridge and they used to play in the league there but they don’t want to drive back and forth.”
The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 27. Contact Candace Dawson at 403-330-9320 or ccdawson77@gmail.com or Mike Bourassa at 403-330-3546 or hooter44@shaw.ca.
The Fort Macleod Volleyball Club has a Facebook page as well.

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